Airbnb said Monday it would offer free, short-term housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine.
These stays will be funded by Airbnb, Inc., donors to the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund, and the generosity of hosts through Airbnb.org, the company said in a press release.
Airbnb.org is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in moments of crisis.
Earlier today, Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky, Airbnb co-founder and Airbnb.org Chairman Joe Gebbia, and Airbnb Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk sent letters to leaders across Europe, starting with the leaders of Poland, Germany, Hungary and Romania, offering support in welcoming refugees within their borders.
”While Airbnb.org is committing to facilitate short-term housing for up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine, it will work closely with governments to best support the specific needs in each country, including by providing longer-term stays,” the company said.
”We know that hosts and guests on Airbnb around the world will be eager to stand up and assist this massive effort to help those fleeing Ukraine.”
In the coming days, Airbnb and Airbnb.org will share additional details on how hosts and the broader community can support this initiative, including by offering free or discounted stays.